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Furcal and Kemp Help Cut Magic Number to One

Ethier congratulates Furcal after game-winning HR

Rafael Furcal, who has struggled throughout most of the season with a sub-.250 batting average, became incandescent in Washington, battering Nationals pitching for a blistering .714 average (10-for-14) and was instrumental in the Dodgers 7-6 win that cut their magic number to a neat, trim one (1).

The win reduced the Dodgers' magic number to one for clinching a playoff berth, which would give them back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since 1995-96. Furcal's eighth inning home run broke a 6-6 tie and saved the Dodgers from a second consecutive ignominious defeat by the least successful team in the National League. After winning the opener of the series 14-...

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